David Bruneau Jr.

IRON MOUNTAIN – On a kitchen table, in a grieving household, lies a manila folder thick with a schedule of activities of a good man with a purpose driven life. David A. Bruneau Jr., 84, of Iron Mountain lost his courageous battle with squamous cell carcinoma on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the arms of his beloved and faithful daughter, Petra.

David, a native of Duluth, Minn., was born on July 5, 1930, to David Arthur Bruneau Sr. and Margaret (Nelson) Bruneau. He served in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of staff sergeant. As a graduate of Michigan Technological University, he held a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and engineering administration.

In 1957, he married his sweetheart and longtime friend, the beautiful and vivacious Phaedra (Coombes) Bruneau. They welcomed a daughter, Petra, in 1958. He was employed for 38 years as a purchasing agent at Lake Shore Inc. and retired in 1996.

David was a humble man who passionately enjoyed giving of his time to many local service organizations and clubs particularly the Ahmed Shrine and Masonic Temple, where he deeply committed himself to the pasty crew and Shrine Circus fundraising projects. David also was a dedicated member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Kingsford for more than 55 years.

On a personal level, David enjoyed spending precious time at the family’s cottage on Sugar Lake in Grand Rapids, Minn. An avid gardener, he enjoyed cultivating his prized dinner plate dahlias.

David is survived by his wife, Phaedra; his daughter, Petra Bruneau Laitinen and his granddaughter, Jenna Laitinen of Minnetonka, Minn.; as well as a large number of relatives including several sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews throughout the country.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his sister, Joan Bruneau Stege and nephew, Robert Stege.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a celebration of life service at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.